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Four's A Production Company

September 16, 2010 | Permalink


I just saw "The General" by Buster Keaton, easily among the top dozen or so films of all time. He made that while with United Artists, but since the hero was a rebel, it didn't resonate with audiences and bring in the money! He was never to have the total control he had on The General, ever again. It was his meisterwerk, but only he seemed to know it at the time! Amazing film.

For Pickford, I recommend "Tess of the Storm Country" (the 1922 version; not the 1914 one). She was at the peak of her fame and power and remade it just exactly the way she wanted.

Pickford was called "America's Sweetheart" even though she was Canadian. She was the first woman in history to earn 1 million dollars in a year. She was the most famous woman on Earth for about a decade.

In 2002, I taught a class in downtown Toronto, a few blocks from her birthplace and statue and I asked my class if anyone knew who she was? One Indian gentleman said, "she was married to Douglas Fairbanks?..."

Goes to show you: No matter how famous you think you may be, it's fleeting...

Posted by: Fog | Sep 16, 2010 9:26:27 PM

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